Saint Rose closure to affect at least 646 workers

At least 646 workers will lose their jobs when the College of Saint Rose closes later this year.

NewsChannel 13 obtained the official Worker Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) Notification, which must be submitted to the Department of Labor. It says the layoffs will begin on May 16, 2024, and go through the end of the year.

The official reason for the closure is listed as “economic.”

As NewsChannel 13 has been reporting, the decision to close the school was made as a last resort after many options were floated and programs were cut, according to the college.

Enrollment to the college had been dropping and the college had a tough time overcoming the pandemic.

Hundreds of students enrolled at Saint Rose when the closure was announced have scrambled to find a new place to continue their education. Saint Rose is now working to help those students by partnering with several other colleges for teach-out programs.

Still not known is the future of around 80 buildings the college owns in Albany’s Pine Hills neighborhood.

Graduation for this semester is set for May 11, with some summer classes for those who need just a few remaining credits.

Read the WARN notice below.